Virginia Castro Durán
Virginia Castro Durán started her Flamenco dance training at age five. Her formal dance studies began at the “Luis del Río” Professional Dance Conservatory in Córdoba, Spain. From 2008-2012 Virginia studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Málaga and received a bachelor's degree in "Flamenco Dance Pedagogy". She combined her years in school with performances in various tablaos, competitions, festivals and theatres and also taught different styles of dance in public schools in Málaga. Since 2000, Virginia has participated in flamenco workshops with such notable artists as Paco Mora, Daniel Navarro, María Juncal, Antonio Fernández Montoya “Farru”, Eliezer Truco Pinillos “La Truco”, Nani Paños, Eva “La Yerbabuena”, Antonio “El Pipa”, Inmaculada Aguilar, Matilde Coral, Fuensanta “La Moneta”, Rocío Molina, Patricia Guerrero, and Javier Latorre.
In the summer of 2013, she moved to Toronto and was invited to join EESDC. For the past few years, she has also been teaching for Bayview School of Ballet, Club Hispano and Academy of Spanish Dance. In 2018 she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Performance Ensemble with dancers Pamela Briz and Alison MacDonald in Perla Fina. In September 2018 she also performed and taught a workshop for the Atlantic Flamenco Festival in Halifax. In January 2019 she performed with Noche Flamenca Company from New York. Following her passion for dance, Virginia has spent her entire life as a performer and teacher.